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The C&NN news archive offers access to the latest media coverage of the children and nature movement. This ever-expanding archive connects leaders and organizers, parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers to a growing body of articles dating back to 2007. For a comprehensive C&NN database search, use the advanced search feature to scan news center articles, C&NN's annotated research bibliographies, and the C&NN blog.
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Pocket of Suburbia in Ridgefield Park Turned Into Oasis

By James M. O'Neill
Northjersey.com
September 09, 2014

Pocket of Suburbia in Ridgefield Park Turned Into Oasis

Retired New Jersey couple Steve and Linda Quinn were inspired by Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods" to turn a suburban plot of land near their home into an incredible miniature wildlife sanctuary for local children. [+]

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

By NWF and NLI
National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative
September 09, 2014

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative released guidelines this week for creating and managing nature play and learning places. The guidelines draw from principal author Robin Moore’s extensive landscape design experience, case studies of 12 existing nature play areas across the country, and the contributions from the members of a national steering committee and a technical advisory committee, which consisted of representatives from more than 20 national organizations including the Children & Nature Network. The project was funded by the US Forest Service. [+]

Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

By Priscilla Butagira
East African Business Week
September 05, 2014

Ugandans Neglect Backyard Beauty

From Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth to Murchison Falls, Uganda is rich with national parks. But for years, Ugandans have been vacationing out of the country. Why is this, and what can be done to encourage Ugandans to experience and appreciate the nature in their own backyards? [+]

Putting Nature at the Heart of Sustainable Cities

By Vaidehi Shah
Eco-Business
August 22, 2014

Putting Nature at the Heart of Sustainable Cities

British architect and sustainable design pioneer Andrew Grant believes that connection with nature is a fundamental human right. He and his firm are committed to bringing humans into closer contact with nature through landscape and urban design, with groundbreaking projects in Singapore and around the world. [+]

North Country School Expanding Edible Schoolyard

By Andy Flynn
Lake Placid News
September 04, 2014

North Country School Expanding Edible Schoolyard

The Edible Schoolyard Project, founded by Alice Waters in the 1990s in Berkeley, continues to grow in popularity as more schools recognize the importance of fostering the connection between young people and the food they eat. In Lake Placid, New York, the long-standing Edible Schoolyard 7th grade program is expanding to the whole school. [+]

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

By MeiMei Fox
Huffington Post
August 29, 2014

Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

MeiMei Fox delves into a recent study by Nature Conservancy supported by Disney, which reveals that most American parents want to get their kids outdoors more often. This further supports the idea that parents should be their children's stewards, planning nature activities for the family and encouraging time spent outside. [+]

Reconnecting Children With the Natural World at Tall Pines School

Brampton Guardian
August 30, 2014

Reconnecting Children With the Natural World at Tall Pines School

From the beginning of time, humans have always thrived in the natural world. At Tall Pines School, located west of Toronto, nature is a vital and non-negotiable part of the curriculum, beginning with preschoolers and continuing until the students reach high school. [+]

Venture: Why Getting Kids Outside is No Walk in the Park

By Dawn Calleja
The Globe and Mail
August 28, 2014

Venture: Why Getting Kids Outside is No Walk in the Park

Fact: Natural play spaces keep kids engaged for much longer than flat, treeless playgrounds. Canadian dad, outdoor lover and entrepreneur Adam Bienenstock has envisioned and created more than 800 nature-based play spaces around the world. [+]

“Ticket To Ride” Grants Helps Provide Transportation For Students to Parks Across the Country

By Jim Burnett
National Parks Traveler
August 31, 2014

“Ticket To Ride” Grants Helps Provide Transportation For Students to Parks Across the Country

The National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program aims to provide valuable and dependable transportation support for students to visit the parks, eliminating the transportation barrier that often prevents this from being possible. [+]

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend

By Daniel Crockett
Huffington Post
August 22, 2014

Nature Connection Will Be the Next Big Human Trend

Nature and environment writer Daniel Crockett examines our societal detachment from nature and the growing movement to create solutions and connections for our generation and the next, led by organizations like C&NN. [+]

Introducing Nature to Visually Impaired Kids

By Patricia Evans
Huffington Post
August 26, 2014

Introducing Nature to Visually Impaired Kids

Engagement with nature benefits us all. But recent studies indicate that nature engagement is especially helpful in the education and development of visually impaired children. Encouraging these children to engage all their senses during playtime can aid them in being more resourceful and creative in their learning. [+]

Go Out and Play!

By Judy Harvey
Naperville Sun
August 26, 2014

Go Out and Play!

A National Wildlife Federation report highlights just what little time American kids spend outdoors nowadays and the negative impacts this has on their health. Fortunately, efforts are being made, both at a local and national level, to facilitate sustained opportunities to get young people out in nature. [+]

Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature

By Linh Kostiuk
Green Philly Blog
August 21, 2014

Local Spotlight: Urban Blazers Help Kids Explore Nature

Since 2005, the organization Urban Blazers has been helping middle school students from Philly's under-resourced neighborhoods discover the city's hiking trails, parks and natural areas. [+]

Children Need Free Play, but Are ‘Unschoolers’ Giving Them Too Much?

By Hanna Kozlowska
New York Times
August 24, 2014

Children Need Free Play, but Are ‘Unschoolers’ Giving Them Too Much?

The increasingly popular method of parenting known as "unschooling" continues to be a hot-button discussion topic. While it's proven that free play is crucial to a child's development, is there such a thing as too much? How will unschooled children fare as adults in the structured world? [+]

My Edible Classroom Gives Deprived New York Kids a Reason to Attend School

By Matthew Jenkin
The Guardian UK
August 20, 2014

My Edible Classroom Gives Deprived New York Kids a Reason to Attend School

South Bronx schoolteacher Stephen Ritz began a pioneering project to farm plants and vegetables indoors at Discovery High School. The school's edible walls and corridors gave birth to what is known today as the Green Bronx Machine, a program that helps other schools implement their own agricultural programs. [+]

Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

By Lenore Skenazy
Reason.com
August 20, 2014

Poll: Most Americans Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

As the debate on unsupervised play continues, a new poll finds that most Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised. What does this say about our culture and the way we view our children? [+]

A New Twist On Book Clubs

By Stephanie Burns
Forbes
August 13, 2014

A New Twist On Book Clubs

Entrepreneur, outdoor enthusiast and bookworm Jill Hinton has come up with something truly unique with Outdoor Book Club, an organization that pairs outdoor adventure tours with lively literary discussion carried out over shared meals and a roaring campfire. [+]

Youth Learn About U.S. Forest Service Careers

By Megan O' Hara
Wilderness Inquiry
July 07, 2014

Youth Learn About U.S. Forest Service Careers

Wilderness Inquiry, the U.S. Forest Service and the YWCA of St. Paul have partnered to take youth from their IMPACT program to Superior National Forest for a unique educational experience in nature. This program is also designed to teach young people about jobs in the Forest Service. [+]

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

By NPT Staff
National Parks Traveler
August 14, 2014

Secretary Jewell To Visit Acadia National Park To Highlight Science And Youth

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently visited Acadia National Park as part of an ambitious youth initiative to get young people learning, working and playing outdoors. Acadia and other national parks are vital landscapes for scientific study, exploration, and education, and provide opportunities for young people to engage with the outdoors in a meaningful way. [+]

Loyola Professors Will Use Technology to Teach Children About Audubon Park in New Orleans

By Elizabeth Heideman
The Times Picayune
August 13, 2014

Loyola Professors Will Use Technology to Teach Children About Audubon Park in New Orleans

Two science professors at New Orleans' Loyola University are developing an interactive children's iPad app that guides students through the city's prized Audubon Park, teaching them biology and environmental science concepts that apply to their surroundings. [+]

Getting out in Nature at the Sun Ray Library

By Kathy Lantry
Spotlight on St. Paul
July 30, 2014

Getting out in Nature at the Sun Ray Library

In partnership with Children & Nature Network, the Saint Paul Public Library and Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, the Sun Ray Library will celebrate its grand opening this fall after a very unique renovation. This project will connect natural elements throughout the indoor and outdoor areas of the library. [+]

Picture Your Teacher In A National Park This Summer

By Allyson Gantt
South Dade NewsLeader
August 05, 2014

Picture Your Teacher In A National Park This Summer

South Florida's national parks Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program offers teachers new knowledge, skills, and appreciation for Florida's national parks as well as a variety of exciting hands-on experiences in the parks. TRT also helps the park form valuable partnerships with local educators while park staff enjoy the infusion of enthusiasm and fresh perspective these teachers bring.
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Utah Symphony to Perform in State’s 5 National Parks

By Ashton Goodell
FOX Salt Lake City
August 12, 2014

Utah Symphony to Perform in State’s 5 National Parks

The Utah Symphony is connecting music lovers with nature this month, touring Utah’s five national parks in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national parks and the Utah Symphony’s 75th anniversary. The symphony will play at venues overlooking Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion.
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Napa RCD Connects Kids with Nature

By GUY CARL
Napa Valley Register
August 07, 2014

Napa RCD Connects Kids with Nature

LandSmart for Kids connects students with Napa Valley watersheds through hands-on activities. Last school year, more than 1,300 Napa County students got to go outside and make a positive impact on Napa County’s watersheds. The program will resume in the upcoming school year, and the RCD is now looking for new program sites where students can participate in restoration work.
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Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

By Janice Swaisgood
Children & Nature Network
August 07, 2014

Children & Nature Network’s Family Nature Clubs in a New Spotlight with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

More than $200,000 in nature play grants have been awarded to 30 accredited zoos and aquariums as part of a new AZA Nature Play initiative designed to help them increase or enhance family-centered nature experiences and Family Nature Clubs in their communities. [+]

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